South Florida is very lucky in that it plays host to many great film festivals throughout the year. MIFF, PBIFF, ABFF, and FLIFF are some of the favorites and now it is time to make way for a brand new film festival, Swede Fest Palm Beach. What is a “sweded” film you may ask? According to the festival website (which you can visit by clicking HERE), a “swede” is a no-budget, laughably awful remake of a hit film using found objects; handheld camera work; amateur actors like your mom, your brother, or your dog; and a huge dose of hubris (look it up). The concept caught on after the Jack Black movie “Be Kind Rewind” came out in 2008. Another way to look at it is parody films. There have been other Swede Fest film festivals in other parts of the country and this will be the first one taking place here.
Swede Fest Palm Beach will be taking place this Friday night, August 3rd starting at 7:00 pm at The Borland Center for Performing Arts (4885 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, 33418). Other film festivals can be a bit on the expensive side, but this one night film festival will only cost you $5 to buy tickets in advance (which you can do by clicking HERE) or $6 at the door. There is even a VIP ticket offer for only $8 ($10 at the door). The night will be hosted by The Jove Comedy Experience, with Frank Licari and Jesse Furman.
The films start showing at 7:00, but you are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy some pre-festival activities. You may find your self being interviewed on the red carpet by Caroline Breder-Watts of Arts Radio Network, enjoy some cocktails provided by Potions in Motion, enjoy the movie soundtrack tunes being spun by DJ Joel Malkin from 1290AM or you may be featured in a special ode-to-swede-fest-palm-beach film shooting that night with New Vision Productions. There will be a great concession stand open as well. The Digital Domain Institute and New Times will have tables there and will be handing out all sorts of cool stuff. Digital Domain will also be handing out some awards at the festival and it will be a great opportunity for future filmmakers to get to know some of these amazing technical wizards from a great digital effects company.
After the festival concludes be sure to stop by the after party at Cantina Laredo (in Midtown), a nice easy walk away. Finally, if you have ever thought I have been harsh in my movie reviews in the past, this will be your chance to criticize me as I will have a film at Swede fest Palm Beach. I have done a swede of “I Am Legend” which I am calling “I Am A Legend”; you can see some stills of my film and others by clicking HERE. Swede Fest Palm Beach looks to be a real fun night of some pretty funny films. What’s better, even the “bad” ones, and should be fun to watch. Hope to see you there.